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Video Storytelling Part 2: Video Storytelling with Interviews, Images, and Sound


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Video Storytelling Part 2: Video Storytelling with Interviews, Images, and Sound

  2. 2. Introduction Activity Let’s go around the room and share with one another our:  Name  Organization we work with  An interesting thing you might not know about me
  3. 3. Agenda• Welcome and Introductions• Using Interviews for Storytelling• The Art of Storytelling• Interviewing Best Practices• Capturing Interviews• Editing Basics• Screen Videos in Progress: Reflections on Process• Upload Your Videos Online
  4. 4. Using Interviews for StorytellingInterview: from entrevue-to see one another,face to face, exchangeinformation between• A vessel that contains important information and much of the story• Combined with other elements
  5. 5. Can be used to set up or give depth to a storyIs arresting and compelling when combined with other elementsThe interviewee can help you tell the story, but they don’t always have to be the primary storyteller
  6. 6.  “Talking heads‖ : characters in your storyPrimary characters: the main person/s the story’s about – you’re seeing the world through their eyesSecondary characters: support your story, provide expert perspective, offer other points of view
  7. 7. How they can be used to enhance the story ratherthan make it boring or dry?How can it help captivate viewers to the story orsubject?How to convey a powerful message?
  8. 8. The Art of Storytelling Making a connection Communicating emotion, meaning, what happened Stories can compel change, new perspectives, action
  9. 9.  Richard Koci-Hernandez and “Visual Storytelling” Stories are a powerful currency in our world right now Some of the best storytelling around is on radio Ira Glass on Storytelling: the power of the anecdote and moments of reflections
  10. 10. Holly Minch’sSix Stories Every Organization Can Tell Nature ofHow we got Emblematic our started success challenge How we’rePerformance Where we striving to story are going improve
  11. 11. Elements of video storytelling: Dramatic theme,Mix of shots, Character question, ideaangles s PhotosMusic Point of view Graphics Gift of Emotion Voice alNarration content Voiceover Movement Pacing Sounds
  12. 12. What do you see?
  13. 13. Interviewing Best PracticesBeforeDuringAfter
  14. 14. Before > During > After the Interview Pre- Post-Productio Production Production n
  15. 15. Getting Started: Before the Interview  More than just showing up with a camera  All about getting someone to say what you need, how you need it  Planning is important
  16. 16. Planning: What is the location What gear will I need Need to prepare myshot list, questions Will I have a team to help How should I prep the subject
  17. 17. Know what your piece is about• Theme, tone, style
  18. 18. What interview style will you use?
  19. 19. Research and prepareKnow your subject and your interviewee
  20. 20. Prepping YourInterviewee:-Clothes to wear-General description ofconversation or sendquestions ahead?-Interview logistics
  21. 21. Activity:Role Play 3 volunteers Interviewer, interviewee, and camera operator Ask a few questions! What was that like?
  22. 22. During the Interview Framing and eyeline Lighting and sound Interview techniques Remember to get B roll, pictures, documents, etc. on site Also get consent, media releases signed
  23. 23. Framing interview shots- Subject faces slightly left orright of camera- For more immediate, ―directly engaging the viewer‖ can have subject look into the camera- Want to see both eyes- Check eyeline—not too high or low, too far right or left- Mid shot to medium close up usually- Use wider shots to establish context, place- Wide to med close up best for factual, informational- Shots tighter, closer better for personal/emotional content
  24. 24. 3 Point Lighting • Key • Background • Filler
  25. 25. Lighting tips:Indoors-When using existing lights; aim for not mixing sources- Make sure there’s enough lightOutdoors-Use the sun as a key light-Use a reflector to balance shadows if you need to
  26. 26. Sound tips-Check for distracting sounds in your location-Shotgun and lav mic as options-Prep the location-“taping in progress”-Remind all “crew” tobe quiet during taping!-be aware of anyof your “ums,uh huh, right”
  27. 27. Shooting for the edit tips:-if interviewer on screen, be sure to 1) capturereaction shots of the interviewer listening,nodding their head, etc. and 2) videotape theinterviewer asking questions (before or after thetaped interview)-vary framing-get room tone!
  28. 28. Connect With Your Subject Gain their trust Establish rapport Be respectful of the vulnerable position they’re in
  29. 29. Put the SubjectAt Ease Make them comfortable Talk casually during set up Establish a relaxed spirit
  30. 30. Be Aware Of Your Own Presence as an Interviewer Are you making eye contact? Do you have any of your own quirks to be aware of?
  31. 31. Be An Active Listener―Active Listening is a Way of Listening that focuses entirely onwhat the other person is saying and confirms understanding ofboth the content of the message and the emotions andfeelings underlying the message, to ensure that understandingis accurate.‖
  32. 32. Leave Space for Silence
  33. 33. Interview Style for the Edit: Do you want your own voice in the video? Prep interviewee for how to answer questions if you will not Avoid closed questions Use open ended questions
  34. 34. Style of Questioning Avoid leading questions Be as specific as you can Don’t get too technical or use lots of jargon Keep it simple
  35. 35. After the Interview Did you get what you needed? Reshoot, gather more b-roll, other elements if needed Say thank you for their time! Stay in contact with next steps-when the video is screened, goes online, is shared, etc.
  36. 36. Anything to note?Take a couple minutesand jot down a tip thatwas really helpful ORWrite down somethingyou’d like to learn moreabout
  37. 37. Capturing Interviews Activity
  38. 38. Editing Basics• We’ll have two breakout groups for PC and Mac users• You’ll work on learning the basics of editing with interviews, photos with captured footage• The footage you’ve gathered today will be perfect to continue honing your new editing skills after the class and in the next session!
  39. 39. Congratulations!You’re continuing to speak a new language of sound, sight, and message!
  40. 40. PracticePracticePractice
  41. 41. Uploading Videos Online • YouTube • Vimeo • Facebook
  42. 42. Vimeo:• Has a different ―feel‖ than YouTube so may be appropriate for different audiences• Can help foster community, social relationships and networking
  43. 43. • Create an account• Get familiar with the account settings and recommendations• If account is for your organization, do not use a personal email address• Set up a channel!
  44. 44. Photo credits from Flickr/Creative Commons: Derek E-Jay Juan J Sean Davis Suavehouse Marc Van Der Chijs Allaboutgeorge Hicham Souilmi Amie Fedora Gather Your Crowd Juicylucymamma Sgetliffe Thank you!!
  45. 45. Thank You!!Lisa Petersonlisapeterson@berkeley.eduChihiro